Pre-University Design


Have you a passion for Design? Do you enjoy visiting buildings and have a curiosity about how they are built?  Are you a creative person with good organisational skills? This course is oriented to those wishing to pursue a career in design. It provides you with a strong foundation in spatial design and combines creative ability with technical skills. This course is based on project work with an emphasis on learning by doing. The work produced will be presented as a portfolio to enable you to progress onto further studies in the design field.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:

  • Design consultant
  • CAD Operator

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Drawing
  • Design Skills
  • Architectural Drawing/Construction
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics
  • Computer Aided Draughting
  • Combined Materials
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Maths (Optional)
  • Course Code

  • PUD
  • Duration

  • 1 Year - Full Time September to May
  • Number of Places

  • 30
  • Number of Contact Hours

  • 20 approx
  • Timetable Contact

  • 5 Days
Support Elements
  • Field Trips to sites, Museums, Conferences, and Design Projects are an integral part of the learning experience.
  • Educational Tours are organised which may include a European trip.
  • Career advice and help with CV preparation is provided by the Guidance and Career Service.
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of studio projects and assignments submitted throughout the year.
  • You will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Design (5M2208).



If you are interested in doing further study to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Technological University Dublin [City] –

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, Technological University Dublin [City] –

Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Waterford Institute of Technology –

BSc Architectural Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology –

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology –

BA (Hons) Design for Stage & Screen, IADT, Dún Laoghaire –

Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2019/2020 secured excellent CAO offers.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Others including Mature Students

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.


  • At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.
  • Students will be required to purchase certain items, such as drawing equipment.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will be invited to attend an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Information on course costs and the registration/induction process will also be provided at this meeting. 

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available.  


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